Opelousas General Health System Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month

World breastfeeding week Did you know the benefits of breastfeeding

World breastfeeding week Did you know the benefits of breastfeeding

Celebrated in more than 120 countries around the world, "World Breastfeeding Week" is an annual event held every year from August 1 to August 7.

Breastfeeding is beneficial for mothers as well since it helps them to lose weight faster.

"If your child demands breast milk after six months, you must add in supplements because the baby needs other nutrients too".

Three in every five children are not breastfed in the first hour of life putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, a new report has revealed. He based his summation of the FOAD Hypothesis (Fatal origin of adult disease) which is premised on the fact that environmental factors particularly nutrition, act in early life to program risks for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in adult life.

She concluded that since humans are created to nurse beyond babyhood, breast milk does not have any expiry date; so it all comes down to how long the mother and the child wish to continue with breastfeeding.

Promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding is one way we can help give our children a strong foundation for optimal development.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 40% of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed globally.

According to her, breastfeeding has been a good culture in Ethiopia where about 96 percent of Ethiopian mothers feed breast to their children; but many do not keep on the principle to provide breastfeeding for children at least for six months. As to the benefits of breast milk to the infant and to the benefits of breast feeding on her own body; on her. Very low exclusive breastfeeding rate has persisted among mothers in Nigeria with the National rate at 25% in 2014 (National Nutrition and Health Survey, 2014). It is important to note there are circumstances that make it challenging or not possible to breastfeed. One of the steps to successful exclusive breastfeeding includes allowing mothers and infants remain together 24 hours a day.

Dr. Jorge Palanco INCAP Country Coordinator: The intention is to ensure that every mother is properly, is fully informed, properly educated as to the benefits of breast milk.

Mothers also benefit because breast feeding helps with postpartum depression because of the hormones produced during breastfeeding. During the same period, the rates of early initiation of breastfeeding decreased from 40 per cent to 27 per cent. The bank has been supplying milk for babies in the city, both in the private and government hospitals, for ten months now.

The SBFO started its celebration of World Breastfeeding Week with a 20-hour training course on breastfeeding that was held on Wednesday in partnership with Khorfakkan Hospital.

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